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Exploration & Observational Systems

Rover pod on Mars
JPL has continued to achieve its historical level of success by developing and applying increasingly advanced technologies. These new technologies have, among other things, enabled us to visit other planets and given us the opportunity make observations of our own planet. As these technologies at JPL continue to advance, they will assist missions in meeting science objectives and further exploring the universe.
Advanced Propulsion and Power
Advanced propulsion and power can enable the next generation of high delta-v deep-space missions, thanks to high-performance power sources and energy storage systems. More details about the seminar 'Advanced Propulsion and Power'

Deep Space Communications
Deep Space Communications research focuses on optical communications, information processing, and the Deep Space Network More details about the seminar 'Deep Space Communications'

Detectors and Instrument Systems
Detectors and instrument systems enable scientific investigations into the origin, state, and fate of Earth, planets, and the universe. More details about the seminar 'Detectors and Instrument Systems'

Deep Space Navigation
Deep space navigation applications and research is concerned with finding innovative ways to successfully send both orbiters and landers to different planets in the solar systems. More details about the seminar 'Deep Space Navigation'

In-Situ Planetary Exploration Systems
In-situ planetary exploration systems enable planetary and small-body surface, subsurface, and atmosphere exploration leading to sample acquisition, retrieval, and return to Earth. More details about the seminar 'In-Situ Planetary Exploration Systems'

Large Aperture Systems
Large aperture system technologies include telescopes and radar systems that are used to help earth and planetary missions collect science data. More details about the seminar 'Large Aperture Systems'

Precision Formation Flying
Research in distributed spacecraft technologies, including control, modeling, tethers, ranging, and thrusters. More details about the seminar 'Precision Formation Flying'

Survivable Systems for Extreme Environments
Survivable electronic and mechanical systems enable reliable operations under extreme radiation, temperature, pressure, and particulate conditions. More details about the seminar 'Survivable Systems for Extreme Environments'

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